Participant Stories

  • Fasting & Feasting

    by Casey Schilperoort   I have been thinking about fasting, perhaps because we spent all of March eating rice and beans at every meal. I have also been thinking about feasting (perhaps for the same reason). I used to think of fasting only as cutting something out completely, whether it was food, coffee, or the internet. But I ...

    Posted at March 20, 2015 | By : | Categories : impact,Participant Stories,Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • Rice & Beans in Community: A Note From Pastor Brown

    Portlanders Matthew and Nina Horn relocated to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and joined the fellowship at Stahl Mennonite Church. They introduced their new church family to Rice & Beans Month, with the encouragement of Pastor Bob Brown. Even though the Horn family has since returned to Portland, Pastor Brown and Stahl Mennonite are continuing the Rice & Beans tradition as a 40-day Lenten experience. Pastor Brown shares the following thoughts about what this has meant for their ...

    Posted at March 17, 2015 | By : | Categories : impact,Participant Stories | 0 Comment
  • 26Together: We Love You!

    by Josh Petersen, 26Together Coordinator Familiarity. Permanence. Reliability. These are things that children of Amazing Grace in Northern Uganda rarely experienced before coming to the Children’s Home. As orphans and refugees, they have lived in unfamiliar lands, lacked the consistent presence of caregivers, ...

    Posted at March 13, 2015 | By : | Categories : impact,Impact in East Africa,Participant Stories | 0 Comment
  • Rice & Beans – Kids’ Perspectives!

    Charis, Tobin, and Arden are three kids who participated in Rice & Beans Month for the first time last year. If your family is thinking about joining this year, you might be interested in what they have to say: What did you like about Rice & Beans Month? "Getting to try new recipes and eating the same fare as the kids in Africa, even if it was in ...

    Posted at March 5, 2015 | By : | Categories : impact,Participant Stories | 0 Comment
  • Participant Profile – Serena Haak

    Serena Haak has a rice allergy. But that didn't stop her from participating creatively! As a Portland Central Young Life leader, she spends a lot of time hanging out with high school students who have little or no familiarity with following Jesus, and no exposure to an idea like Rice & Beans Month:

    Posted at February 26, 2015 | By : | Categories : Participant Stories,Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • Participant Profile – Keith and Jen Johnson Family

    How does Rice & Beans Month work for families with kids? Many families in the U.S. and other parts of the world have been figuring this out for the past five years, with meaningful and positive results! Here is one example: Hoping to make Rice & Beans Month an annual family event, we didn’t want our kids to hate it the first year. When our girls were four and five, we started with one dinner of ...

    Posted at February 26, 2015 | By : | Categories : Participant Stories,Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • Participant Profile – Jim and Annette Anderson

    Jim Anderson and his wife, Annette, are treasured members of the Portland Lahash community. They ate a lot of rice and beans during the first few years of the event! They now live in a senior community. Jim shares a few reflections on how this transition has changed their approach: "Living in a senior community complicates Rice & Beans Month. ...

    Posted at February 25, 2015 | By : | Categories : Participant Stories,Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • Rice & Beans In Perspective

    For all of us, the month began with a plate of rice and beans, but we hope your experience doesn't end there. Below, guest blogger Nina Horn shares how this month has shaped her family and broadened their perspective. How has this month impacted you? Share your story with us at Rice & Beans in Perspective By Nina Horn I love that Rice & Beans Month is an invitation to perspective taking — the ability and ...

    Posted at March 31, 2014 | By : | Categories : Participant Stories | 0 Comment
  • Rice & Beans in Community

    Special thanks to guest blogger, Nina Horn, for sharing her family's story of how community deepens the experience of Rice & Beans Month. ___________ “Mama, can we eat rice and beans today, pleeeaase?” My four year old son begged as he came into the kitchen for breakfast. I wish I could say this occurred on the 10th day of Rice & Beans Month, but it was actually February 28th. I wasn’t about to make rice and beans ...

    Posted at March 13, 2014 | By : | Categories : Participant Stories,Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • New Video: Tanzania Nutrition Program

    Our simple meals are having a big impact! In Tanzania a lunch program is targeting the nutritional needs of vulnerable kids struggling with the effects of HIV. As their diets improve so does their health. Virginia Whitney, a Physicians Assistant from Oregon, experienced the results of this program first-hand. See her inspiring story in this video. Thank you for joining us during Rice & Beans Month, and changing your diet to help change theirs!

    Posted at March 5, 2014 | By : | Categories : impact,Participant Stories | 0 Comment
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